Update: Hotel could get "green" roof

May 16, 2007
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Developers may add a "green" roof to plans unveiled yesterday for a $325-million JW Marriott hotel complex. A spokesman for the development team tells Property Lines that conversations are underway about installing the environmentally friendly feature atop part of a 45,000-square-foot ballroom. Check out the top rendering here. The large white area between the bookend hotel towers is where vegetation could be planted to enhance energy efficiency.
  • I prefer a Red Roof Inn, myself.

  • sounds like a good idea to me!
  • If they were smart, they would turn it into a public observation deck. Or even put in a cafe or restaraunt. I look out of the top floor of the Key Bank building each day and its just a great perspective. Need more of that! Go GREEN!
  • If they were smart...

    That would be quite the assumption.
  • Well, this will be an improvement. I guess it will at least add some color to Indy's newest architectual flop. Seems to be the theme throughout the metro area...build an eyesore and then cover it up with trees.
  • View the World’s Largest Green Roof which was built by Ford in Michigan
  • Why not a green roof for the convention center expansion?

    It would establish of habitat at roof level, assist with stormwater management, reduce ambient temperatures, and double the life of the roof by protecting the roof membrane.

    No doubt it would also improve the views from the upper decks of Lucas Oil Stadium and downtown office/hotel towers.
  • If there going to build something ugly this would atleast make it aliittle cooler, I like the idea of putting a cafe up there, and have it be like an outdoor park, what about a pool up there for guests. then they could swim while watching baseball games.
  • I believe Green Roofs are the Edsels of Green Design.
  • Go Green??? Yeah Right!!! We can't even seem to get good architecture here, let alone a relatively new national trend gaining mainstream steam! Given past perfomance Indy won't catch on for at least another decade!

    Too bad! A Green/Park Like roof with a cafe/bar (complete with skyline views) would be AWESOME!! But... That's something you find in a major metro market. Oh wait... WE ARE ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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